TV Bites: Fox Buys McConaughey's Rooster
· Fox has landed an animated TV comedy from Matthew McConaughey, based on the life of the Sahara actor's brother. Rooster Tales charts the adventures of "a beer-swilling, redneck sheriff who marries a much younger woman from Mexico. The man soon realizes, however, that he's gained not only a wife but an entire clan -- 114 members and counting." McConaughey, who will executive produce the show through his J.K. Livin' Prods. banner, said, "My brother's life is so unbelievable, we had to animate it." [Variety]
Barry Sonnenfeld finds life after Pushing Daisies, Lifetime Movie Network taps the Amish, and more TV Bites after the jump.
· Barry Sonnenfeld, the executive producer behind the beloved but unwatched Pushing Daisies, is returning to ABC to helm a single-camera comedy, Funny in Farsi. Based on Firoozeh Dumas' memoir, the series will follow the Iranian-born author's experiences growing up in Newport Beach during the 70's, after relocating from Iran at the age of 7. There must be a way to fit Kristin Chenoweth into the pilot, maybe as the musically gifted ESL teacher? [Hollywood Reporter]
· Lucas Black and Cary Elwes are slated to star opposite Sam Shepard in Tough Trade, the first pilot being developed for the experimental HD television channel created by three major movie studios. The one-hour drama, from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan, chronicles the life of the Tucker family, a "Nashville music dynasty whose penchant for drink, debauchery and divorce has left it on the verge of bankruptcy." [Hollywood Reporter]
· Lifetime Movie Network will detail the aftermath of the 2006 Amish school shooting in an original movie, Amish Grace, starring Kimberly Williams-Paisley (According to Jim). When life hands you a national tragedy that does not have box office appeal, make it into a Lifetime Movie. [Hollywood Reporter]